As a product expert with such a heavy background in design, the concept of innovation is something I follow, foster, and educate others on constantly. About a decade ago, the big thing was coaching. Everyone wanted to coach, was a coach, or both; all with the hopes of growing into the idea of the innovative person existing in their minds. With the rush came the fall, but coaching is not dead. The coat-tailers might have weeded themselves out, but there are change makers out there who know coaching can be effective in fostering the innovation required to excel tomorrow's leaders forward.

Why Innovation?

Our business ecosystem today is a place of rapid change, upheaval, constant metamorphosis, and reorganization. Ironically, or perhaps not so much, those are all synonyms for innovation, the process of introducing new processes, ideas, and methods. And when innovation is introduced, the process that follows will determine whether we accelerate with that innovation, or whether we fall behind. Thus far, it seems to me that we have focused solely on the change, and the fact of the matter is that we must begin to focus on the process, the formula, that allows innovation to accelerate us forward, rather than running us over or leaving us behind.

People + Impact

Nishika de Rosairo has spent the last 15 years of her life focused on two things - people and impact - in corporations ranging from Deloitte Consulting, Apple, Salesforce, Cisco, Levi, Chevron and several other giants to the startups of Silicon Valley. Now as the CEO and founder of her own Silicon Valley startup, Experiential Insight, she has taken executive coaching off its pedestal and has created a digital marketplace to provide executive coaching to non-executives for the future of leadership.

HyperQ

The goal of her efforts: help individuals understand the formula that allows innovation to thrive, something de Rosairo refers to as HyperQ, which is: Visionary intelligence multiplied by emotional and social intelligence that will propel the next generation of leaders into the level of leadership required to excel. This kind of hyper intelligence, de Rosairo believes, is the required element individuals are missing when it comes to reaching their full potential.

Moving the Needle

Development statistics show us that plenty of corporations are pouring resources into coaching and both personal and professional development for their executives. However, de Rosairo says she sees corporations doing what they need to do to survive and then a little bit extra but it isn't enough, and oftentimes they aren't sure where to lead their teams for that next phase of growth. Leadership orientation meetings, and basic leadership 101 approaches are not enough to move the needle. Team building can be helpful but it still isn't the level up needed to help build the leaders who will in turn build the innovative, inspirational, businesses of our future. This is the formula.

What Are the Results?

When we build leaders who excel alongside advanced technology, we see greater:

  • Self-awareness

  • Confidence

  • Achievement

  • Productivity

  • Impact

  • Happiness

This is the point of fostering innovation and focusing on high level leadership development such as HyperQ. These bullet points are all of the empty promises we've seen from training and workshops over the past 10+ years. With our ability to understand more of the brain and how that impacts our potential, are we finally on the brink of accelerating our collective potential?

Impact Is Overused and Underserved

When a word becomes buzz-worthy, soon after it loses meaning and eventually purpose. Impact is one of those words. We've overused impact to the point that we are separated from what that means to us, as individuals, but also in business. What we should be thinking about, when we discuss impact, is whether or not we are shifting the needle. Is our change enough to add value? Is our growth enough to put us into our purpose? Is our development enough to foster the innovation inside?

Published on: Mar 5, 2019
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